FCC Record, Volume 26, No. 7, Pages 4843 to 5761, March 28 - April 08, 2011 Page: 5,185
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Released: April 8, 2011
PUBLIC SAFETY AND HOMELAND SECURITY BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON
REGION 15 (IOWA) 700 MHZ REGIONAL PLAN
WT Docket No. 02-378
Comments Due: April 28, 2011
Reply Comments Due: May 9, 2011
Introduction. On March 15, 2011, the Region 15 (Iowa)' 700 MHz Regional Planning
Committee (RPC) (Region 15) submitted a proposed 700 MHz Public Safety Plan (Plan) for General Use2
spectrum in the 769-775/799-805 MHz band for review and approval.
Background in 1998, the Commission established a structure to allow RPCs optimal flexibility
to meet state and local needs, encourage innovative use of the spectrum, and accommodate new and as yet
unanticipated developments in technology and equipment.4 Each of the fifty-five (55) RPCs is required to
submit its plan for the General Use spectrum.5 The Commission's role in relation to the RPCs is limited
to (1) defining the regional boundaries; (2) requiring fair and open procedures, i.e., requiring notice,
opportunity for comment, and reasonable consideration; (3) specifying the elements that all regional plans
must include; and (4) reviewing and accepting proposed plans (or amendments to approved plans) or
rejecting them with an explanation.6
' The Region 15 (Iowa) 700 MHz regional planning area includes all (99) counties in the State of Iowa and the Sac
and Fox Tribe of Mississippi in lowa/Meskwaki (the 12 mile settlement covers 7,000 acres in two counties and
provides tribal schools, tribunal courts, and a police force to support 800 citizens).
2 The General Use spectrum is administered by RPCs and is licensed for public safety services on a site-by-site basis
in accordance with the relevant Commission-approved regional plan and frequency coordination.
3 See Letter from Leslie E. Fish, Chair, Region 15 (Iowa) 700 MHz Regional Planning Committee, to Federal
Communications Commission. Office of the Secretary, WT Docket No. 02-378 (filed March 15, 2011) (submitting
4 See Development of Operational, Technical and Spectrum Requirements for Meeting Federal, State and Local
Public Safety Agency Communication Requirements Through the Year 2010, WT Docket No. 96-86, First Report
and Order and Third Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 14 FCC Red 152 (1998) (First Report and Order); Second
Memorandum Opinion and Order, 15 FCC Red 16844 (2000). See also 47 C.F.R. 90.527.
5 See 47 C.F.R. 90.527. Each RPC must incorporate certain common elements into its 700 MHz plan. A list of
700 MHz RPCs and region activities is available at http://www.fcc.gov/pshs/public-safety-spectrum/700-MHz/.
6 First Report and Order, 14 FCC Rcd at 195 87.
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